The wonders of walking

The wonders of walking

Your boots were made for walking...

Physical inactivity is 1 of the 4 biggest killers in the world; being responsible for 10.5% of heart disease cases, 13% of type 2 diabetes cases and 17% of premature deaths in the UK. It is a greater problem to our nation’s health than smoking; costing a grand total of £10 billion a year. According to a report by ‘Ramblers’ and ‘Macmillan Cancer Support’ 37,000 lives could be saved simply by walking. This research was published in ‘Walking Works’.

Being physically active has endless benefits to your health:

  • Aid in the prevention of certain cancers, cancer treatments and preventing cancer returning
  • Prevent heart disease
  • Prevent stroke
  • Prevent type 2 diabetes
  • Prevent osteoporosis
  • Help with asthma
  • Improve conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, joint and muscle stiffness
  • Strengthen bones and muscle and improve balance
  • Improve cardiovascular and pulmonary fitness (heart/lungs)
  • Reduce body fat

Aim to walk for 30 minutes a day. However research suggests that any exercise is beneficial to health, the key is to stay motivated. Exercise should be part of life so try to integrate it into your daily routine; for a short journey walk don’t drive, use the stairs instead of the lifts, make walking a social event with family and friends or try to set yourself a goal (pedometers can be a great motivation for you to reach your 10,000 steps).

What will you burn? In 30 minutes a 60kg person burns around 99 calories walking. Though fast walking increases calories burnt to 150. Information sourced from: At least five a week, Department of Health, 2004

The NHS recommends adults aged 18 – 65+ years should be physically active for at least 150minutes a week (that is only 1 hour and a half). So what are you waiting for? Boots on and get those feet moving!